Clinical Psychology PhD Program
Specialize in Clinical Psychology
The Clinical Psychology program offers courses and training leading to the degree of doctor of philosophy (PhD) in clinical psychology. Students in the doctoral program acquire a master of science degree as they progress toward their doctoral degree.
The doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Courses cover scientific areas of psychology, the historical foundations of psychology, research methods and professional practice skills. Supervised clinical experiences are planned throughout the curriculum. Practica are available at the Department of Psychology’s Center for Psychological Services and with collaborating agencies in the Milwaukee urban area.
Requirements and course work can be found on the Graduate School bulletin.
For more information, please visit the Psychology Department web page.
To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by December 1 for the following fall term.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Copies of all current and previous colleges/university transcripts except Marquette.*
- A personal statement of 1,000 words or fewer that includes discussion of academic and professional experiences and goals. The statement should comment on how the applicant's experiences and/or interests would contribute to fostering diversity in the clinical psychology program. An individual’s ability to enrich diversity to the program, in addition to his/her very presence, can involve, but is not limited to, personal identity (e.g., ethnic identity, religious identity, national origin), intellectual contributions (typically in the form of research interests), and/or personal history or experiences that allow the applicant to bring a unique perspective/worldview (e.g., history of overcoming significant disadvantage, first in family to go to college). The program invites applicants who are particularly interested in diversity-related issues, in either research and/or clinical practice, to request consideration for the Department of Psychology Diversity Graduate Assistantship. All applicants who believe they would contribute positively to the diversity of the program are invited to state in their application that they would like to be considered for the Diversity Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship.
- Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic work and/or research experience.
- GRE test scores test scores (General test only).
- For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
- The highest ranking applicants will be invited to an interview.
*Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record.
Teaching and research assistantships (TAs and RAs) are awarded to full-time students in the doctoral program. Assistantships are usually distributed among the first-, second- and third-year clinical students. TAs help the professors by teaching laboratory courses, leading discussion sections, preparing, proctoring and grading exams, and reading and grading papers. RAs help professors conduct research, including literature searches, running experiments, data entry, setting up labs, and statistical analyses.
A full assistantship requires 20 hours of work in return for a monthly stipend (nine months) and tuition remission of 24 credit hours. Many students receive a half assistantship, which requires 10 hours of work in return for a half stipend and 12 credit hours.
Assistantships are awarded per semester or an annual basis. Performance is reviewed each semester. Renewal of an assistantship is based on satisfactory performance and on academic performance.
The program invites applicants who are particularly interested in diversity-related issues, in either research and/or clinical practice, to request consideration for the Department of Psychology Diversity Graduate Assistantship. All applicants who believe they would contribute positively to the diversity of the program are invited to state in their application that they would like to be considered for the Diversity Graduate Assistantship.
Tuition remission scholarships (e.g., dissertation scholarships) and fellowships are occasionally available. Unlike assistantships, there are no service obligations to the university for scholarship and fellowship recipients.
Private scholarships may also be available. U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.